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Ruling the Roost

Charles Copping talks to British Cinematographer Magazine about the cinematography of “Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget”. Issue 121 is out now.

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The Ethereal Cinematography of Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio

For Frank Passingham, Director of Photography on stop motion classics ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’, and ‘The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists!’, ‘Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio’ gave him the opportunity to experiment with light and colour in a way he hadn’t done before.

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Frame by Frame: Creating a Swing Shot for Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio

‘Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio’ is the reimagining of the classic tale of the little wooden puppet who longs to be a real boy. The shots of Carlo on the swing are a perfect example of the collaboration that is required in stop motion animation, as all the departments had to work in combination to get the shot the directors wanted.

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Spotlight: Linda Hamblyn

Linda Hamblyn is a motion control operator with over two decades of experience within stop motion cinematography. She has worked on some of the biggest features in stop motion through her long term collaboration with Aardman Animation.

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Frame by Frame: An Old School Steadicam Shot

In one shot Chuck Steel is running along a hospital corridor. As he runs he turns corners, travels through a doorway, jumps over obstacles and punches random background characters as he goes.  The camera keeps just ahead of him. A move of this type would usually require an elaborate motion control rig.

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Spotlight: Dave Alex Riddett BSC

Dave Alex Riddett BSC is a cinematographer, and pioneer, in the world of stop motion animation who has been creating beautiful cinematic images since the earliest days of Aardman.

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